Economists have been looking over the $447 billion job-creation package President Obama proposed to Congress Thursday night. Some say the president's proposal will boost growth significantly, but others have their doubts.
In the 2012 election cycle, "Job No. 1" for any political candidate will be to lay out persuasive plans for generating more middle-income jobs. Read a summary of proposals by President Obama, some of his Republican challengers, U.S. businesses groups and labor organizations.
In a Morning Edition interview, the treasury secretary defended the president's jobs plan. Geithner says if passed, the plan "would have a substantial, powerful effect on strengthening the economy." He said that tax cuts aimed at small businesses who hire new workers would boost employment quickly.
The president had a lot riding on Thursday's address before Congress — a speech pivotal to his efforts to win re-election next year. Two political media experts play Friday morning quarterback, rating how Obama did in terms of raw performance.
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